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General Election 2017: SDLP and UUP are wiped out in night of turmoil in Northern Ireland as DUP and Sinn Fein make gains

  • DUP and Sinn Fein gain two and three seats respectively
  • Hung parliament means Conservatives have turned to DUP to shore up government
  • SDLP and UUP lose all their seats
  • Alliance lose the battle for East Belfast
  • Turnout in Northern Ireland at 65.6%

The DUP and Sinn Fein have made significant gains in Northern Ireland at the expense of the Ulster Unionists and the SDLP as voters returned to the polls for the second time in three months, electing 18 MPs in the General Election.

The DUP will return to the House of Commons with 10 MPs, including new faces Emma Little Pengelly and Paul Girvan, after increasing their vote share by over 10% since 2015.

The results mean the DUP hold an influential position at Westminster as a result of the hung parliament, and party leader Arlene Foster declared it a "good night for the Union", amid reports Prime Minister Theresa May brokered a deal with the party that will allow her to form a new government.

Sinn Fein has also enjoyed a larger mandate, winning seven seats, including newcomers Elisha McCallion, Chris Hazzard and Barry McElduff, increasing their vote share by 5%.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams made clear there was "no danger whatsoever" of his party ditching its abstentionist policy.

Mr Adams also said he could not see Prime Minister Theresa May surviving in her post.

“Theresa May sought a mandate for Brexit, austerity and the erosion of human rights. She got her comeuppance," he said.

Independent MP Lady Sylvia Hermon was also returned - albeit with a significantly smaller majority.

The SDLP has lost its three seats, whose incumbents were former party leaders Alasdair McDonnell, Margaret Ritchie and Mark Durkan, while the Ulster Unionists lost the two seats previously held by Tom Elliott and Danny Kinahan.

Sinn Fein made history by taking the SDLP's seat in Foyle, also capturing their South Down stronghold. They also captured Fermanagh & South Tyrone back from the UUP.

The DUP replaced the SDLP in South Belfast, wrested back South Antrim from the UUP and saw off the challenges of the Alliance Party and Sinn Fein in East and North Belfast respectively.

Counting in Northern Ireland concluded shortly after 4.30am on Friday.

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